5 things to help you when dealing with illness & being thankful for the little things

I was talking to a co-worker, the other day. I was sharing how many boxes I had to use to store my 2017 files. Normally, I use about 6. This year, I have already filled up 11 boxes & have more to go. We were talking about how blessed we were to have had a lot of work last year.  It also made me think about my mama & how she thought about work.

If you are new here, you may not know, but my mama passed away in 2002. She had multiple sclerosis. She was a wonderful person, not to mention the best mama in the WORLD. She became ill in her early 40s. So when I hit my early 40s guess what I thought was going to happen to me?? Yep. I got past it & thanked the Lord for it.  Looking back, I learned so many lessons while she was sick. It was a terrible time for our family. But we stuck together. One of the things I remember about my mama was that she worked hard. She worked at home & she worked an outside job. Once she got sick, I can remember on many occasions talking to her about work. There were times I would come in after work & be so tired. She would always tell me to be thankful.  She would say,

” Be glad you can go to work. I would just give anything if I could.”

That has really stuck with me through the years. I think of that when I get stressed or aggravated, at work. I am so blessed to have a good job & thankful I am healthy enough to go to work. When you get sick & tired of work & think how hard you must have it, just remember there’s those out there who would love to be healthy & able to hold down a job. Now that I look back on all those times when my mama was sick, I think of lessons I learned. And that’s something I want to say today. If you are going through a sickness of your own or someone else you love, here are some things to keep in mind:

1. Keep moving. Oh, it’s ok to stop & have a moment here & there. But look for the opportunities to do good.  You will do no good living on the corner of gloom and doom. Yes, it’s a tough deal, that no one wants to deal with. If you use your time to count your blessings & look ahead, things won’t be so grim. At one time, Mama was on the one at church, that you called to report announcements. She would take them down & give them to my Dad for church. She loved talking to people & letting them know they had our support. Find something you enjoy & keep going.

2. I learned just because you have a pain, doesn’t mean you have to be a pain. The nurses & nurses aids that cared for my mama always loved her. She hated to be in the position she was in. And she deeply appreciated those doing for her what she could no longer do for herself.

3. Never lose sight of God. In times of trials, it is so easy to question God & want to know why. There are no real good reasons why bad things happen to good people except that we live in a fallen world where the bad comes with the good. Accept it. It’s reality. We all deal with things we wish we didn’t have to. Keep your faith in God alive & well. Sometimes it’s all we have. Mama went to church even when my daddy would have to get her ready, pick her up & put her in the van, & push her in with her sitting in a wheelchair. That is true love for God.

Job 2:10 Shall we indeed accept good from God & shall we not accept adversity? (NKJV)

4. Look for the happy times. Illnesses are awful. But there is good in everything. I got to spend lots of quality time with my precious mama those last few years of her life. We learned to look for the little things, in our day, to help us make it through. Like getting the mail, the nurse coming, an unexpected guest, cooking special dishes, receiving cards from friends & family or ordering out. I can say, most of the time she kept a good attitude. Which I believe her thankfulness helped keep her grounded with her illness.

5. Keep your sense of humor. I can remember a lot of different times when mama would say, “Don’t that beat all?” Then she would laugh about whatever mess we had gotten ourselves into. Because, bless my heart more times than not, every time we tried to do something I would end up making things twice as hard as they really were. Things that were normally easy, was tough, when she was bedfast. Washing her hair was a total mess sometimes. Because how do you wash someone’s hair in the bed? I usually ended up getting her soaking wet. She would laugh & say she never thought she would have to swim with her gown on.  Laughing would help break up the monotony of the reality of what was really going on.

 Ephesians 4:28  Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.(KJV)

I hope you are having a blessed week. It’s been very rainy the past few days. And cold. We have thankfully been in the house! I hope you are somewhere sunny, with balmy wind hitting you in the face. I won’t be too jealous! Until next time, I should be going, because I should be washing clothes.

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Time change is for the birds & my secret sister

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Ooohhh, the time change……..Really, is this change necessary? I mean, at work Monday around 2:30pm, I thought it was time for me to go home.  Imagine my surprise.  Since, I work until 5pm, that was definitely upsetting for me.  Next time they take a vote for cancelling daylight savings time, will someone let me know?  I perhaps have a strong opinion about it.  Thanks ya’ll.  Because time change is hard.

Isn’t it wonderful the love of the Lord never changes? It is a very constant thing for those who are His.  Do you wonder sometimes if Jesus still cares? He does.  He never changes. We all get discouraged.  We all have struggles.  It’s every day, for some of us.  Not just occasionally.  It is nearing the time of year that is, harder than normal, for us folks who have lost loved ones.  Times come when you feel you just can’t go on.  It may be the loss of a job, loss of a loved one, a divorce, or sickness, whether it be you or someone you care about.  Things happen.  Things that we don’t plan for.  Change happens.  But, I am here with some good news, the Lord is here for us.  The whole time.  Not just for the parts that are easy.  He will be with you as long as you will let Him.  He wants us all to have a home in heaven.  Now, that’s a change I am happy about.  I will gladly change my earthly address in exchange for a heavenly home.

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David talks about his own troubling times in Psalms 30. David had a man killed, so that he could take his wife.  David & his new wife had a baby & the baby died. (II Samuel 12)  David was so full of grief.  He called on God.  He knew His love was there.  Never changing.

Psalms 30: 2

Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. v. 3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit. (NKJV)

The Lord obviously loved David. He was right there for him.  Even though David did wrong, God came back to him, when he repented.

Psalms 30:5

For his anger lasts only a moment,  but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.(NKJV)

Have you ever stayed up at night & wanted relief? Didn’t things look much better in the morning?  David found favor with God.  God made sure he was there for David.  Why?  Because God’s just awesome like that.  He’s a dependable.  He never changes.  And after the baby died, David went to worship the Lord.  David was changed.  He knew the same Lord that allowed bad things to happen to him, was the same Lord that blessed him.  He knew God was going to take care of everything.  And He did.

Thank you for stopping by to visit with me today. Did you know it’s only 3 weeks until Thanksgiving?  I am so excited!  I can’t wait for all of our family to be together.  There is ne’er a dull moment with my bunch.  There will be lots of cooking, eating, & fun times.  And too, my secret sister, from the Only a Breath encouragement project,  sent me a card this week.  She wrote a beautiful scripture in it.  Do you know where it was from?  Psalms 30.  I had been reading & studying that very scripture the same day I got the card.  Now tell me the Lord didn’t just send me a friend!  I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week.  Until next time, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

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Preach it brother & what happens if you ask a truck driver to church

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You know life has a funny way of doing things. Sometimes funny in a difficult way.  Other times funny in a, “Wow!  I wasn’t expecting that!” way.  Whatever the way, God has a plan.

This morning, a guy I work with, came to my office. He told me about meeting a driver, that had come in for a load.  He said yesterday, he had gone to a local eating establishment for breakfast.  While there, he commenced to talking to a guy from out of town.  He found out he was in town, because he was picking up a load at our company.   After having breakfast together, the new found friends parted ways.  As my co-worker walked to his truck, he thought, “I should have invited him to church.”  So he turned back around &  that’s just what he did.

The driver said, “I don’t have anything to wear.” 

My co-worker kindly reassured him it really didn’t matter.  He told him he would give him an hour & he would come back & pick him up. The driver agreed & in an hour, they were sitting in church together.

What was so remarkable about that situation is my co-worker was ready. He was presented an opportunity & he acted on it.  What happens to a lot of us is we miss our times to present the Lord to people.  I know I am at fault of the “I wish I had said this or I wish I had done that,” when it comes to sharing the Lord.  And too, there are times we may do our daily Bible readings, go down our prayer list & pray, & may think- is this really doing any good?  Well, yeah.  We have to prepare ourselves for the times we run across someone who needs our help & encouragement.  That’s how the Lord uses us for His will.

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Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

Jesus came across a Samaritan woman who needed encouragement & salvation. It was just a normal day for this Samaritan woman.  That is until she met Jesus.

John 4: 7-9

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

This lady was so intrigued. She wanted to hear more about this living water.  When Jesus was finished talking to her, she told anyone who would listen to her about her time with the Lord.

How do we know where we will find someone to share the good news of Jesus Christ with? Standing in line at the grocery store?  At the convenience store, where we get our gas?  At the fast food restaurant where we eat breakfast on Sunday??  God is working.  Whether we see it all the time or not.  He’s there, making plans, making things happen, for plain, ordinary folks like you, me & other people.  People that we may not even know, yet.

Which also brings me to share with you about to an awesome project, I am so excited to be a part of. Melanie over at Only a Breath has started a “Secret Sister” mission.  You can read about it here.

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What it is , is a way to strengthen & encourage others- like total complete strangers.  It’s for ladies only, sorry fellas.  We shared our addresses & we are given 2 ladies addresses.  We send a handwritten note of encouragement & hope to that person at least once a month.  I got my addresses yesterday & I can’t wait to send my “Secret Sisters” a note.  This will be such a wonderful way to further the cause of Christ.

I am so proud of my friend for sharing Jesus. He truly blessed someone else,by his act of kindness.  You just never know when you will get a chance to make a friend.  Now you know what happens when you ask a truck driver to church.  Sometimes they will go with you!

I hope you are having a blessed week.  We had a busy weekend.  Miss Neenee had a friend sleepover.  Then, after church Sunday, I got to play with my grandbabies all day long!   We had an area wide youth devotional at church Sunday night.  There were 269 people in attendance.  God is so good to us.  Until next time, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

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Miss Neenee & her friend having a good time touring the local boxcar.

Some high priced fun.  Which mainly involved some water, dirt, mud, buckets, & 8 handsome rounders

Some high priced fun. Which mainly involved some water, dirt, mud, buckets, & two handsome rounders

 

What would a weekend be without a good ol game of Chunk a Chicken?

What would a weekend be without a good ol game of Chunk a Chicken?

Until God opens the next door for you….

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Do you ever get discouraged & want to give up?  Does it just seem like nothing is going right?  No matter how hard you try, you just get in a rut & think,

“How much more can I take?” 

 You may pray about it & wonder where God is.  The devil will always try to make things seem hopeless.  As if there is no way out.  Well, good news!  I am here today to tell you, you don’t have to worry any longer.  God is working for us, even when we don’t realize it.

I want to take a minute to share with you some scripture about a man named David.  In reading Psalms 40, he must have had some problems.  He sure was bending God’s ear about them.  He poured his heart out to God & waited & cried & waited & pleaded & trusted & God heard him.  He said he had more troubles than hair on head!

Psalms 40:12

 For innumerable evils have surrounded me;
My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up;
They are more than the hairs of my head;
Therefore my heart fails me.

Hold on, now, I think sometimes I get to sounding like David.  My faith may get a little lacking, as well.  Look at what David said God did for him in his trials.

Psalms 40:1

I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.
He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock,
And established my steps.

God is always working behind the scenes for us.  It’s in those moments of waiting, that we learn being faithful is essential.  When God comes through for us, it’s like a load is lifted.  It’s as if everything finally falls into place.  We know it just got real.  We look back and see that God was there all the time.  He was molding us into what He plans for us to be.  We are a work in progress.  Ever changing & developing into a faithful servant for the Lord.  Don’t let the devil try to tell you God doesn’t care.  He does.

Psalms 40:17

 But I am poor and needy;
Yet the Lord thinks upon me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
Do not delay, O my God.

Just like He took care of David, He takes care of us, too. That just makes me happy!  Like sweet tea with my cornbread happy! That’s the kind of God I want to serve.  The One that’s always thinking about me.

Thank you for stopping by to visit with me today.  I love it when you take time to come by.  Take a minute this week to make a phone call, visit, or send a card to someone to encourage them.  You never know if your kind word might make all the difference in their day.  I will see you next time, right now I have to be going because, I should be washing clothes.

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